32nd Annual Solar Boat Regatta

May 18 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riley Lake Park Pavilion, 9180 Riley Lake Rd, Eden Prairie MN 55347

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Event Description

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Solar Boat Regatta will be held on May 18, 2024. MRES’ Solar Boat Competition has given hundreds of students valuable and unique experience with photovoltaic systems, boat design, and construction. MRES is partnering with teachers to enhance the competitive nature of the event, expanding the number of schools participating and extending the solar education throughout the school year.

Middle school teams build solar powered boats and compete in three races on Lake Riley in Eden Prairie:

  • Speed Race

  • Slalom Race

  • Endurance Race

At the MRES' Solar Boat Regatta teams demonstrate knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design and build boats powered by the sun. They compete in a number of races, culminating with a one-hour endurance race.

This event has given hundreds of middle and high school students, and others willing to step up to the challenge, valuable and unique experience with solar electricity, wiring, motors, fluid dynamics, boat design, construction, and teamwork. By racing the solar powered boat that they have built, students experience the thrill of competition and the pride of accomplishment that comes with creating something useful and fun.

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